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Program #16602RJ
22 Days | 21 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Richard from Sarasota, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 11/01/14
My first RS program and new to international travel. I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of historical, architectural and cultural experiences. Gave me deeper perspective of the Chinese cultural development and understanding of my own. The Chinese people I encountered were open, warm welcoming, especially if one greets them with a smile. This has been a great first trip for me and probably sets a high bar. Sucess of this trip was possible because of Xianghui Liu. Friendly, organized, knowledgeable, funny.

Sidney from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 11/01/14
because we visited small villages we got a better view of china. this is a special program because of this

Gwendolyn from Fairview Heights, IL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 04/12/14 - 05/03/14
This was a most spectacular trip for many reasons: the sites and people, our very knowledgeable and caring guide--Xianghui Liu--and the other participants, with whom we had many fascinating conversations. Not only did we see some of the cities and countryside of China, but we had the wonderful experience of visiting the homes of at least four different people. I loved this trip!

Connie from San Marcos, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/12/14 - 05/03/14
If you want to see the scale and scope of China's cities today, as well as the flavor of its villages and the grandeur of its scenery, this trip is a great way to do that. And Melvyn (see comment below) is so right...Xianghui Liu is a fantastic, energetic, unflaggingly sprited guide. One of the best trips we've ever taken.

Ralph from Silver City, NM Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/12/14 - 05/03/14
This program gives you a real opportunity to see and learn about all the changes occurring in China as well as learning about the culture. If all you do is take a tour that flies from city to city you miss a lot. While moderately challenging if you can walk a mile you can do this trip.

Melvyn from Silver City, NM Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/12/14 - 05/03/14
This program exceeded my expectations, which were high from the start. We not only saw the usual traveler sites like the Great Wall, Terracota Warriors, and Shanghai. But also were able to experience life in rural villages of only a few thousand people, traveling through mountainous terrain and lush forests. Our group leader Xianghui Liu was beyond spectacular. If you can arrange to travel with her as your guide in China, you should. Xianghui is knowledgable, honest, dedicated, hard working and very caring.

David from Sanford, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/31/13 - 09/21/13
The Hidden Villages tour gives an excellent look at the modern cities, smaller towns, rural areas, and truly hidden (from large crowds and buses) villages. Our guide, Zhang Xue Mei, was the greatest and contributed to the success of this tour, but since she can't be on every tour RS offers, we have to say that RS and their associate in China prepared an excellent tour. There were several performances in cities and in villages, sometimes special by RS for us, and these added greatly to the experience. This was my 20th trip to China, but first on "holiday" (others were on business), so my goal of seeing the changes in China over the past 8 yrs (since last trip) was met. This tour covers Guizhou province and the minority peoples, who were very welcoming and enjoyed meeting us and our taking pictures of them (and showing them the images on the camera screens). I strongly recommend this tour. The Great Wall visit is to what I consider (based on many previous trips) is the best part in the Beijing region. It's not easy walking, but we had lots of help from local farmers. The highways range from very rough to modern and world class. I do have images in a set on flickr and hope they encourage a visit: flickr.com/photos/dslewis Look at the images of the wonderful people and go to China to meet them.

Luann from Arcadia, MI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/13/13 - 05/04/13
The perfect program. The perfect National Guide, Mei. The perfect small group size with the perfect group of people who liked to learn, and respected each others backgrounds. We stretched our minds, our bodies, our horizons, our comfort zones! The perfect program.

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"Every Dong village in Guizhou has at least one drum tower" Uploaded By: Teresa

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"Village children in Guizhou Province" Uploaded By: Teresa

"Jinshanling Great Wall -- one of the most pristine parts of the wall" Uploaded By: Teresa

"Dixi (Earth Opera) street performance in 'Old Han' village, Guizhou" Uploaded By: Teresa

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"Guizhou village where paper has been made from mulberry bark for 600 years" Uploaded By: Teresa

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"Wild Great Wall at Jinshanling, an unrestored, natural segment of the Great Wall " Uploaded By: Teresa

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